The License Plate Switch-A-Roo Saga has Come to an Apparent End

The License Plate Switch-A-Roo Saga has Come to an Apparent End
Anthony Bernal photo from Saline County Sheriff Booking Page

After a 3-part saga, the license plate switch-a-roo incident has come to an apparent end.

Captain Forrester said this morning that officers had contact with the subject on Wednesday, September 14 in the 100 block of S 12 for suspicious activity. The incident was called in as trespassing, and during that contact, a car key was found belonging to a Dodge.

During the investigation on September 15 in the 100 block of S Baker, officers made contact with a subject identified as Anthony Bernal, a 39-year-old male from Salina. However, at this point, there was not enough evidence to bring the requested charges.

Later that day, the officer who took the suspicious activity call, took the key to the wrecker lot where the Dodge from Garden City was located and confirmed that the key belonged to that vehicle.

Yesterday at 3 pm officers took a report on a stolen vehicle in the 1000 block of Park St. The victim is a 62-year-old male from Salina. The vehicle was a 2008 Pontiac G6, valued at $2,000. It was reported that the vehicle had been loaned to a subject, and while that subject and Anthony Bernal were at a residence in the 1000 block of Park St, Bernal allegedly took the vehicle and left without permission.

At 5 pm, an officer located Bernal asleep in the driver's seat of the Pontiac in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2900 S 9th. While speaking with Bernal, Wal-Mart Asset Protection approached and reported that Bernal had allegedly stolen a loaf of Sara Lee Bread and a pack of Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, a total loss of $5. Bernal was arrested and was allegedly in possession of 10 Klonopin, a scheduled narcotic. Bernal also had a suspended driver's license. He has the following requested charges:

  • Possession of a Stimulant
  • No Tax Stamp
  • 2 Counts Misdemeanor Theft
  • 2 Counts Driving While Suspended
  • 1 Count Felony Theft
  • 2 Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Property
  • 1 Count Felony Possession of Stolen Property

The license plate switch-a-roo saga continues.

Captain Forrester says that at 12:30 am on September 15, in the 100 block of S Baker, officers were dispatched to a neighbor calling in. He advised he was watching 2 or 3 subjects snoop around the neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found a Dodge Caravan in the alleyway. The hazard lights were on, the hood propped up, and the driver's door was open. The tag on the vehicle was allegedly the stolen tag from Dollar Tree, the day before. The van turned out to also be stolen from Garden City, Ks. Before the van was towed, narcotics and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found inside.

The theft of a license plate only to be replaced by a stolen one occurred yesterday at 3 pm at Dollar Tree, 1201 W Crawford.

Captain Forrester says that the victim is a 73-year-old female from Salina. Her 43-year-old daughter was sitting in her 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, KS tag 776-HBX. The daughter says, that while she was sitting in the van a Hispanic male wearing a green shirt and possibly blue jeans parked next to them in a black Dodge Caravan. He went to the rear of the victim's van and unscrewed the license plate. The subject got back in his van and left towards Club Car Wash.

The daughter went into Dollar Tree and told her mother what had occurred. When they came back out, a male approached them with a license plate in his hand and asked if it was hers. He gave her a plate reading 240-PGM, which was stolen out of Garden City, Kansas. When they inquired if he was the person who stole their license plate, he took off running.

Surveillance video from Club Car Wash shows a Hispanic male, 5'8", 150 lbs, wearing all black including a ball cap with yellow brim, arriving and parking next to the victim's vehicle. He goes to the rear and unscrews the license plate, park at Club Car Wash and exit his vehicle, and hand the victim the stolen license plate. He then runs back to his van and drives northbound on Broadway.

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